LG promises to do better and kick off Android 10 updates 'this year'

LG promises to do better and kick off Android 10 updates 'this year'
While companies like OnePlus and Nokia have already followed in Google and Essential's footsteps with stable Android 10 updates for a few phones released running the previous OS version, LG is today barely announcing the start of a public preview program (translated).

Unsurprisingly, G8 ThinQ users in the OEM's homeland of Korea will get the first chance to take Android 10 for a test drive sometime this month, followed by V50 ThinQ owners in the same country at some point next month. Unfortunately, LG doesn't seem ready to commit to a firm domestic release schedule yet, which obviously also means we have nothing to share in terms of official international rollout timelines.

For what it's worth, the company does plan to provide a "formal OS upgrade" by the end of the year after receiving feedback from public beta testers and taking said feedback into consideration to iron out kinks, stabilize, and improve the Android 10 goodie pack before sending it over-the-air to the global masses. Interestingly, LG appears to acknowledge its Software Upgrade Center hasn't exactly been running very smoothly since its April 2018 introduction

Once again, the company is looking to turn the page to a new chapter as far as software support is concerned, focusing on "recovering the trust of smartphone customers." But it sounds like the earliest we can hope for a stable Android 10 update to hit the LG G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ in the Western Hemisphere is early 2020, which might not be fast enough to regain the trust of a lot of people.

On the bright side, LG is off to a slightly better start with today's announcement than back in November 2018, when the Android 9.0 Pie beta program for the G7 ThinQ opened its doors in Korea. Unfortunately, it took another eight months for the first official update on a US carrier to begin rolling out, which hopefully won't be the case this time around.

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14 Comments

1. Ali888

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

Pity to people that believe lg with this

2. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

They promised that 2 years ago when LG allegedly created extra software engineering muscle. It never materialised. This kind of promise only appeals to enthusiast and fan community and they are unforgivable. Let's agree LG already shoottemself in the foot.

13. Ublome

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Yeah, Finally got 9 on my V30 the other day. In the mean time my new OnePlus 7 Pro is on 10 and working great. Screw LG. That V30 was on 8.0 damn near the entire time I had it. Its still on the Aug Security update with 9 and its the end of October.

3. inFla

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

I can buy a top LG phone, less than a year old with a 2 year warranty for less than a Pixel 3A. I can wait for Android updates.

4. db1020000

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 17, 2019

99% of people don't give a f**k about updates, google will spy on you anyway, what is worse, the newer the android is the more they spy on you. The best android was 6.0 and from there is just s**t.

5. edepass

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2019

Sure hope LG follows up on this. This will likely be their last opportunity to build customer trust. The LG G8 is the most underrated phone of the year, and they recently sent out the September update for the T-Mobile variant.

6. tangbunna

Posts: 488; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

like believing a betrayed spouse.

7. Joelys86

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2019

What about the LG G7 one? It's pure android, the same as a pixel or Nokia. They have android 10 and here we are a month and a half after launch and still no update.

8. CEDEOTB

Posts: 452; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Big BS here. The Sprint LG V40 is still running Oreo

10. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol my dad's G6 is still running Oreo, they keep on sending out promises yet none of them ever materialize.

11. ike301

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

If anyone is interested, I have a bridge to sell you.

12. mr.joosue

Posts: 65; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

I hope that Android 10 will come to the LG V35. For some reason the 9.0 update still hasn't appeared on my device

14. T-Dizzle

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

LG and updates is a bitter subject with me. I gave them a try with the G6 and they blew it. The phone wasn't physically sturdy and their Android skin is awful. Updates were laughable at best.

15. ShadowHammer

Posts: 209; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

While I agree that LG is abysmal with updates, I'm curious how many people have had issues resulting from that? I've had numerous LG phones in my family, and so far (knock on wood), none of the issues we've had were due to lack of updates. Now if you are looking for specific features found in certain Android versions, then I can see that being a problem.

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